Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto sorry for insulting US in prostitute row

Toru Hashimoto speaks at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Tokyo. Photo: EPA

An outspoken Japanese politician apologised yesterday for saying US troops should patronise prostitutes as a way to reduce rapes, but defended another remark about Japan's use of sex slaves during the second world war.

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Japanese city puts its name up for sale

A debt-ridden Japanese city is offering to rename itself after the highest bidder, an official said yesterday.

Izumisano, in the western prefecture of Osaka, owes its creditors well over 100 billion yen (HK$9.7 billion), the official said, adding the presence of nearby Kansai International Airport was partly to blame.

3 Nov 2012 - 3:15am

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31 Aug 2012 - 7:12pm

Amazing graze

What do you do when you have only 36 hours to eat in one of the most food-obsessed cities in one of the world's most food-obsessed countries?

You hit the ground eating.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

The wind of change gusting through Osaka politics may well reach Tokyo

Japan has just experienced a major political earthquake, but few people outside the country even noticed. The convincing election victory of Toru Hashimoto to become Osaka mayor threatens to shake up the politics of the city, the Kansai region and Japan at large, with ripples that could spread beyond the country.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Bargain tours to Japan up for grabs

For those not put off by strong aftershocks and a red travel alert, bargain tours to Japan will be on offer from next Saturday.

EGL Tours and Package Tour will be the only agencies in town to restart tours to Japan this month. They will skip northeast Japan and Tokyo and target southern destinations and Hokkaido.

10 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Mother of three, 42, makes experience count against rival half her age

Mother-of-three Kuniko Nakamura of Japan showed age was no barrier when she successfully defended her half-marathon women's title.

The 42-year-old became one of the oldest winners of the race as experience and class shone through.

1 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

JAL closing mainland offices, cutting routes

Financially strapped Japan Airlines (JAL) will close offices in three mainland cities next month and cut international routes, a week after Tokyo unveiled a bailout plan for the carrier.

6 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Japan's high school rockers

Indie J-pop girl band SCANDAL rocked the house on two nights at this year's ACGHK 2008 (Anime, Comics and Games convention). Their performances made it hard to deny their claim of being 'the most powerful Japanese girlie pop rock'. The four young Osaka girls certainly know how to entertain a crowd.

10 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

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Indian summer

The agreement on air services signed in December between Hong Kong and India begins to make itself felt this month with the launch of non-stop Jet Airways flights to and from Mumbai. The Indian carrier will operate daily Airbus A330 flights, leaving here at 7.05pm and arriving in Mumbai at 11.15pm; return flights depart at 1am and arrive in Hong Kong at 9.15am.

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Chan romps home for third win

Chan Ka-ho blew away a top-quality field at Tai Mei Tuk yesterday to win the Mizuno Hong Kong Half Marathon for the third time in a row.

The Tai Po-based student has now made the event his own since four-time winner Mike Capper stopped competing locally in 2004.

7 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Japan's indie movies

Amini-film festival will showcase some of the best movies by young directors from Osaka, a key stronghold of Japan's independent cinema industry.

Osaka Weird Sonata, which will be held later this month, is organised by local film organisation InD Blue.

4 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Tang aims to beef up for Beijing

Tang Yik-chun took the silver medal in the men's 100 metres in round three of the Hong Kong League yesterday before heading back to San Diego on Wednesday to continue his preparations for the Beijing Olympic Games.

Yesterday's race was won by Keung Chun-wai, who timed 10.89 seconds. Tang clocked 10.95.

10 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Love is the essence of Kumon teaching

If there is any single word that can capture the essence of the Kumon education philosophy, it is love, according to four veteran Kumon instructors from Japan.

30 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

In Wen's words

On baseball

'I've loved baseball since I was a child. I once wished I could play if I went to Japan.'

'I haven't played it for 50 years. I'm not good, but I am glad I can play baseball with students.'

On tea

'Understanding comes through getting to know each other.'

On reform

14 Apr 2007 - 12:00am